So yes, I’ve been sent the lineup for Goose Island’s Bourbon County Brand Stouts for 2019. The Goose has been playing games with beer nuts for the past few years, filing labels with the government for funky sounding stouts to throw people “off the trail.” Things like Horchata, Butterscotch Stouts, what have you.
But the 2019 list appears to focus more on the different tastes from aging in different barrels, or for different lengths of time. Although there are some fruit-based BCS’s, and one made with granola… oh, don’t roll your eyes, it’s basically oats, cherries and brown sugar.
In addition, Goose Island will release a Vertical Collection including bottles of BCS from 2019, 2018 and 2017.
As usual, Bourbon County Stout goes on sale Black Friday, November 29, 2019. No indication yet of preview tappings for the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Here’s the list, as described by Goose island:
Bourbon County Stout: This year’s Bourbon County Stout, aged in a mix of Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace, and Wild Turkey barrels, yields a rich, complex mouthfeel. Flavors of cocoa, fudge, vanilla, caramel, almond, plus leather and tobacco, permeate this beer and deepen with each sip. We’ve bottled Bourbon County Stout for 15 years and this year’s vintage is one that you will want to hold on to for years to come.
Bourbon County Double Barrel Stout: Bourbon County Double Barrel Stout has a depth and flavor that can only be achieved through time, patience, and partnership. This stout was first aged 12 months in 11-year-old Elijah Craig barrels from our friends at Heaven Hill Distillery. We then emptied the beer from those barrels and filled fresh 12-year-old Elijah Craig barrels, the same barrels that housed the Whisky Advocate 2017 Whisky Of The Year. We let it age for another year in those barrels and the result is a stout like no other. Incredibly intense, this beer will be a true gem for the faithful fans that seek it out and get to try it.
2-year Reserve Bourbon County Stout: Aged 24 months in 11-year-old 25th Anniversary Knob Creek barrels. The barrels of this once in a lifetime bourbon delivered an oak-forward intensity accented with subtle hazelnut and chocolate notes that complimented the flavors inherent in Original Bourbon County Stout.
Reserve Rye Bourbon County Stout: Our Reserve Bourbon County Stout releases showcase how a premium single source bourbon barrel can influence the nuances and flavors of our original BCS.The 2019 Reserve Rye is aged in 100% Rittenhouse Rye barrels – lovingly referred to as “the bartender’s favorite” rye. Rittenhouse’s Barrels had a unique effect on the original imperial stout, imparting flavors of fruit and spice. Reserve Rye accentuates all that makes Rittenhouse and Bourbon County unique.
Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout: 2019 Proprietor’s Bourbon County Stout is an
homage to some of the most beloved ingredients from Bourbon County variants of years past. Toasted pecans, coconut, cocoa, and vanilla mingle together to create flavors reminiscent of Tiramisu. Expect an aroma of dark chocolate, toasted coconut, and caramel to round out this decadent stout.
Bourbon County Wheatwine Ale: The 2018 Festival of Wood and Barrel-Aged Beers (FoBAB) award-winning variant is back for its second year, this year aged 100% in Larceny wheated bourbon casks from our partners at Heaven Hill. The result is a softer flavor profile, full of caramel, vanilla, butterscotch, and toffee flavors, all while carrying the nuances of Larceny bourbon barrels.
Bourbon County Café de Olla Stout: Created in partnership with our next door neighbors, Intelligentsia Coffee, Café de Olla is inspired by the traditional Mexican beverage of the same name. We added coffee beans and cold brew coffee to Original Bourbon County Stout and then enhanced this beer further through additions of cassia bark, orange peel, and panela sugar. The resulting beer is layered in complexity. Coffee and orange permeate the nose and are followed by notes of cinnamon, chocolate, and a pleasant sweetness.
Bourbon County Mon Chéri Stout: “Mon Chéri,” or “my darling” in French, is a love letter from our brewer Quinn to his wife, an avid lover of all things cherry. Mon Chéri is made with Balaton and Montmorency cherries, oats, and a dash of brown sugar. The interplay of these ingredients creates aromas of amaretto and almond. With each sip you’ll instantly be reminded of cherry cobbler. Mon Chéri has a silky, velvety finish thanks to the addition of oats to the beer.
Bourbon County Stout Vertical Collection: The Vertical Collection is an opportunity for beer lovers to experience multiple years of our beloved Bourbon County Stout in a side-by-side tasting of 2017, 2018, and 2019 vintages of Bourbon County. Drinkers can explore every nuance in flavor between each vintage year and enhance their understanding of how
Bourbon County develops in the bottle over time.